Oxfam is a co-organizer of the ICT4D conference this year. Previously a CRS-sponsored conference, there are now a consortium of partners including iMerit, MercyCorp, NetHope, WorldVision, CRS and Oxfam, along with Accenture, ESRI and Hewlett-Packard.

Oxfam is leading on the Accountability, Governance and Human Rights track. This is one of 8 tracks overall, each covering one or more of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals which are the key thematic frameworks for the conference (an idea underpinned by this excellent report).

There are some key contributions from Oxfam speakers this year:

Amy O’Donnell is speaking on this panel on Digital Privacy, Security and Safety on the opening day.

This session by the IATI Studio team features Oxfam Novib’s work on opening up their own program data, using the IATI standard and publishing it through an innovated, open source platform called Atlas.

-On the third day, our track features two simultaneous Co-Creation Labs. This is an experimental approach featuring the work of two organizations, SITE Enterprises of Kenya (an Oxfam partner), and the International Commission of Jurists (a MAVC grantee). The focus on fully exploring a rich problem statement rather than jumping to tech-led solutions – we’re excited about how this will turn out!

-The final day starts with Paul O’Brien speaking in a Plenary talk entitled “Technology and Activism: new crises & opportunities”. This is an amazing opportunity to bring an Oxfam perspective to the overall conference audience and to kick off the final day on our track.

We have managed to attract some really amazing speakers to our track, but so too have our colleagues in other organizations. There is an enormously rich diversity of content, with up to 23 breakout sessions happening simultaneously as well as spaces for additional birds-of-a-feather meetings. 

So much of this content will be relevant to so much of our work. There are 725 attendees from over 70 countries, representing 323 different organizations, more than two-thirds of which are non-profit organizations. Almost half of the attendees are also speakers – this is truly a peer-to-peer learning exchange.

We’ll be tweeting next week using #ICT4D2016 and #HeyOxfam to draw your attention to what interests and excites us most. There will be 19 Oxfam staff in attendance from 3 affiliates and at least 5 countries, and from a diverse range of skills and functions. Those of us lucky enough to attend will be putting together a report and some webinars to feature what we learn. So stay tuned!

Neal McCarthy, Senior Manager, Shared Services Applications, Oxfam America

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